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Hagwon Owner Withdraws SAT Courses by Star Lecturer

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I read about this story before but I don’t think I posted it.  This is one of those ‘star’ SAT instructors working at a high-paying job at an elite Gangnam hagwon.

By Kang Shin-who
Staff Reporter

A hagwon owner has decided to cancel SAT courses, scheduled from June, by a “star lecturer,” who is currently wanted by police.

Lee Su-jin, owner of the ESC private institute, said she will not run the classes by Jeffery Sohn, 39, who is suspected of obstructing the business of an exam organizer, the Educational Testing Service (ETS), by leaking SAT questions.

“After criticism from the public, I will not work with Jeffery for the time being,” Lee told The Korea Times, Thursday.

She added that many parents wanted Sohn to teach their children and she didn’t know that police had issued an arrest warrant for the lecturer. Police have called Sohn in for questioning, but he has refused to comply and as a result has been banned from leaving the country.

Education Regulations

However, she noted that she would work with Sohn again if the lecturer is found not guilty by the courts.

This part confused/somewhat troubled me:

Officials from the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, which supervises hagwon in the city, say institutes are not allowed to hire a lecturer who has committed a crime.

“Although it is currently morally inappropriate for Jeffery Sohn to teach students, it doesn’t violate education regulations,” said Lee Chul-woong, an official at the education office.

Then again, TIK, guilty until proved otherwise.

Police suspect that Sohn acquired actual SAT questions and offered them to Korean students before they took the test. The popular lecturer set up an online community for those preparing to enter U.S. universities and posted SAT questions after he himself took the tests.

He is famous for picking the right questions for students who subsequently get higher scores on the exam. The lecturer initially started to teach at ESC, specialized in standardized tests required for U.S. universities in Gangnam, but later moved to Recas Academy.

As the lecturer left, ESC filed a lawsuit against the latter institute and recently won their legal battle. While the problematic lecturer was working at Recas Academy, he was kidnapped, taken to a villa in Gyeonggi Province and beaten up by his employer last December after he attempted to leave the academy.

Written by recruiterinkorea

April 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm

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  1. Hello. I was hoping you could answer a question for me. I don’t have much experience with kids, but about twelve years ago I helped kids (kindergarten age) in gym class. We would organize relay races and things like that. That is basically the extent of my experience with kids. So my question is, how many years can we go back and still have it be relevant experience? Thanks for answering.


    April 26, 2010 at 11:31 am

  2. […] The guy you’re referring to getting a beat down is this guy. […]

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